Song gao

Song gao
Slices of song gao
Type Snack
Place of origin China
Region or state Shanghai
Main ingredients Rice flour, sugar, water, azuki beans
Cookbook: Song gao  Media: Song gao

Sōng gāo (, literally "loose cake"; Shanghainese: [soŋ ɡɔ]) is a Shanghai snack composed of rice flour, sugar, and water, with azuki beans embedded throughout the cake. Giant pink-colored azuki beans with a diameter of about 1 inch (25 mm) are embedded on top of the cake; conventional sized azuki beans are embedded inside the cake. The cake also has a red bean (azuki) paste filling. This dessert is steamed[1][2] as a large round cake and is then partitioned into sections for eating. Madame Chiang Kai-shek, who loved to eat sōng gāo, had the Grand Hotel of Taipei to include her version of the cake on the hotel’s menu, which the hotel continues to offer to this day.

See also


  1. McCawley, J.D. (2004). The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters. University of Chicago Press. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-226-55592-8. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. The Pleasures of Cooking. 1984. Retrieved January 29, 2017.

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